Sustainable building materials
Which biogenic resources in Denmark can be used for buildings? How do we best utilise these resources? These questions will be addressed by a team of researchers together with a range of industry associations.
The project will result in a report that can inform the building industry and politicians about the possibilities for building with materials derived from natural, renewable resources. The report will also help the industry rethink how we build and highlight technical and architectural potentials in biogenic materials.
From cultivation to final building
Biogenic resources are for instance annual crops like flax or perennial crops like wood, but also includes resources in aqueous environments such as reed or seaweed. Biogenic resources sequester carbon during growth and therefore acts as a storage of carbon from atmospheric CO2. The researchers in this project hope that a broader and updated knowledge about biogenic materials can push the green transition of the building sector. Thus, the aim is to activate the entire value chain from cultivation, production of new materials to final building and materials recycling.
Participants in the project
- Københavns Universitet
- Aalborg Universitet, Aarhus Universitet
- Arkitektskolen i København
- Dansk Skovforening
- Træ- og Møbelindustrien under Dansk Industri.
IGN participates in the project with Emil Engelund Thybring, Thomas Nord-Larsen and Niclas Scott Bentsen, who will cover the value chain from cultivation to material production.
Emil Engelund Thybring explains:
The building sector has a heavy climate footprint and is responsible for around 40 percent of the global emissions of greenhouse gases.
Moreover, most of the building materials used today are made from non-renewable resources such as sand and gravel. In this regard, wood from sustainably managed forests and other biogenic resources can play an important role. Thomas Nord-Larsen explains:
The use of biological raw materials in construction contributes not only to the reduction of the climate burden, but also to sustainable development in general.
Niclas Scott Bentsen explains;